The Learning Curve

New tricks for an old dog.

Cross-domain site maps

One use of the phrase ‘site map’ refers to a human-usable collection of links to all the pages of a web site. This type of site map is just another part of the collection served from a single domain, and it is generally useful as an alternative form of navigation.

Google would view such a site map as a collection of internal links.

It is also possible to put a site map to one domain on another. This would be a cross-domain site map and google would view it as a collection of external lins. External to the site of which it was a map.

A new feature of Google Bookmarks is the ability to create lists divided into sections, if you wish, consisting of bookmarked links with notes and comments. It’s free and it is flexible. It is also fair to assume that Google search results are to some extent influenced by links from Google Bookmarks.

Using Google Bookmarks as a means of easily creating a cross-domain alternate site map is especially useful with blogs. An entirely different form of logical structure can be imposed upon a collection of blog posts that supplements the normal blog archive structure.

As an example, I have created a Google Bookmark list for the microenterprise blog on small business internet marketing.  The first structural divisions are: Search optimization, webmaster tools, internet marketing legal issues, site optimization, SEO resources, social media marketing, and structured data.  These division arose as a natural classification based upon the last 20, or so, posts to that blog.

In fact, the use of Google Bookmarks is a from of social media marketing.


Written by Tom Fox

07/20/2010 at 11:16 pm

Posted in Blogs, Google Bookmarks

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